Türkiye, Ukraine, UN meet in Lviv to discuss Moscow-Kyiv war

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy, UN chief Antonio Guterres gather for trilateral summit in Ukrainian city of Lviv.

Türkiye, Ukraine, UN meet in Lviv to discuss Moscow-Kyiv war

Turkish and Ukrainian presidents along with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday met in Ukraine's Lviv city to address the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

The summit came right after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a bilateral meeting to discuss all aspects of Ankara-Kyiv relations at the strategic partnership level.

Erdogan, Zelenskyy, and Guterres will discuss steps that can be taken to end the Ukraine-Russia war through diplomatic means, and maintain the mechanism established for the export of Ukrainian grain to world markets, according to the Communications Directorate of Türkiye.

They are expected to hold a joint news conference after the trilateral meeting.

On July 22, Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed a deal in Istanbul to reopen three Ukrainian Black Sea ports for exporting Ukrainian grain stuck due to the Russia-Ukraine war, which is now in its sixth month.

To oversee the process, the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul was officially launched on July 27, comprising representatives from the three countries and the UN, to enable the safe transportation of commercial foodstuffs and fertilizers by merchant ships.

According to the UN, Guterres is also scheduled to visit the Ukrainian port city of Odesa to view the movement of grain following the trilateral meeting.

Guterres will head to Türkiye on Saturday and visit the JCC in Istanbul.

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